Stranger 008


What’s your full name?

Eric Lee Lehning

Were you named after anyone?


What’s your average day like?

I wake up around 6:30 to the crows of my 22-month-year-old son, Louie. My wife goes to work and I take him to preschool. I run errands, keep up the house, and write – songs & screenplays mostly. Then I pick up Louie. His mom comes home to take over and I go to work. Then I get home around 10:30 and go to bed around 11:30. 

How far away do you live from where you were born?

20 minute drive. 

What do you consider to be your “home”?

Nashville, TN 

What’s your ideal way to spend the holidays?

Amongst family in the depths of leisure.  

What items do you always take with you when you leave the house?

Phone. Keys. Wallet. 

When you look in the mirror, what do you notice first?

The miserable expression I unwittingly exude.

If you could change something about your appearance, what would it be?

More hair. 

What do you first notice in strangers?


What do think people say about you?

What happened to Eric? How did he get that amazing woman to marry him? 

What would you hope they would say?

A world without Eric is no world at all.

What is your proudest moment? Biggest victory?

Marrying my wife.

What is your biggest regret? Biggest failure? 

Wasting a year of free time on trifles.

If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?


What makes life worth living?


What is the one rule you try to live by? Do you feel successful at following it? 

If I can just make the right thing it’ll be ok to die. It’s more an inevitable condition of my life than something I follow. But I’m not ok with death yet. Maybe it’s a delusion that keeps me from facing the unknown. It’s always there.

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